Mexican Fernando Urrutia will race with SWR – Caterham F1 in this year’s BRDC F4 Winter Championship, partnering Jordan Albert.
Urrutia joins the series with a strong karting pedigree and already has good experience in single-seaters.
Winning the Easy Kart Championship in 2008, Urrutia went on to win the Cuautla Championship in 2010 and was selected to represent the State of Morelos two years later in the ‘Mexican Heading to F1’ (Mexicano Rumbo a la F1) racing programme.
Graduating into cars with initial experience in Formula Vee and Formula 2000, he was named Rookie of the Year in 2013 after ending the F2000 campaign fifth overall.
During the early part of this year, Urrutia finished second in the PanamGP Spring Series and he is currently the most successful driver in the main PanamGP Series with one victory, a second place and two pole positions.
“In European competition the best drivers are produced and that’s why we’re going to the UK”, he commented.
“I hope to become a worthy representative of Mexico. We’ve decided to compete in the BRDC Formula 4 Winter Series because it’s very competitive, the world’s top karting drivers are going there and this will be an important experience for my career.
“Racing in Europe is one of my goals and it’s a dream come true, and there are possibilities to race in 2015 in this championship. However, for now, I want to focus on the Formula 4 Winter Series, get good results and later we’ll see what happens.”
Commenting on Urrutia’s signing, SWR Caterham team owner Sean Walkinshaw said: “It’s great news to have two drivers now confirmed for the BRDC F4 Winter Series, Fernando is a very exciting young racer and a promising talent from South America. We all know how competitive BRDC F4 is but I’m sure he’s going to make big strides over the course of the championship.”
The Winter Championship commences at Snetterton on 8-9 November, and finishes on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit on 22-23 November. For more information on the Winter Championship, visit www.formula4.com.